The verdict: Neil Young's Pono player rekindled consumers' interest in high-def audio a few months ago, but the "iTunes is getting HD audio" rumors have been around for years. With Beats coming on board maybe this is the perfect time for Apple to boost its music quality, but Macotakara's rumor record is pretty shaky. Don't get your hopes up.
The verdict: Copious leaks erupting out of China show Apple is definitely working on a large iPhone. Both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display would deliver Retina-worthy pixel densities if Apple uses pixel-tripling mode to scale iOS, as detailed by 9to5Mac. This would also match iPhone schematics that have allegedly leaked. Get ready for tons of extra pixels on your new iPhone.
The verdict: NFC is dead. Bluetooth LE and iBeacons are the future. Why would Apple add old technology to the iPhone 6 when it could have included it in the iPhone 3Gs, 4, 4s & 5, at a time everyone swore NFC was the next big thing? It wouldn't. No matter how many QuickPasses China has.
The verdict:Billboard's track record covering music rumors is top-notch but if Dr. Dre is coming to WWDC, we hope he brings some special guests with him like Kendrick Lamar. He's the hottest MC around, has an album coming out, and is from the same city as Apple's new Resident MC. Forget a 13-inch iPad, I'd rather see a K.Dot & Dre show as this year's "one more thing."
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As if the reported $3.2 billion Beats deal isn’t enough evidence, Apple seems to be quite big on this “music” thing.
According to new reports, Apple will introduce high definition audio playback in iOS 8, alongside new versions of its In-Ear Headphones. The iOS rumor corresponds with earlier reports that Apple will announce high-fidelity iTunes music downloads at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). As it currently stands, iOS 7’s standard Music app can’t play high quality 24-bit audio files which contain a sampling frequency beyond 48 kHz.
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A story was widely circulated throughout the blogosphere last week about a rumor that Apple’s next EarPods would feature biometric sensors for reading health vitals. The “leak” was originally posted on Secret, an anonymous sharing platform, by someone claiming to be an ex-Apple employee.
The info had no way of being verified, but that didn’t stop it from appearing in everywhere from major U.S. tech blogs to news outlets in the U.K. Now the creator of the rumor has come out and admitted that he made it all up while on the toilet.
Tony Fadell, father of the original iPod and creator of the Nest home thermostat, sparked all kinds of speculation earlier this week after appearing in photos posted to Twitter alongside Jony Ive’s (RED) Mac Pro and rose gold Earpods, which were recently sold at a Sotheby’s charity auction for just under $1.5 million.
The winners of the auctioned items haven’t been publicly disclosed, but it appears that Tony Fadell, the creator of the original iPod and Nest thermostat, may have been the highest bidder for both the Mac Pro and Earpods.
EarSkinz byEarSkinz Category: Headphone accessories Works With:Apple Earbuds and EarPods Price: $11
When our own Rob LeFevre reviewed the Earskins, he was surprised to find them to be an “essential accessory” for his EarPods. I decided to give them a go too. And guess what? They really are essential: I actually have a spare set, because now I can’t imagine using my EarPods without them.
Sir Jony Ive and famed designer Marc Newson have teamed up with Bono to a mega-auction of fancy master-pieces of design that will be sold to benefit (RED). Among the list of items up for grabs is a custom pair of Apple EarPods made of solid rose gold.
Jony and Marc actually did all the curation of the collection themselves over the past year, as well as collaborating on two custom made items – a Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera, and an aluminum desk produced by Neal Feay Studios. A total of 40 items will be auctioned off, including pieces from space travel, lighting, contemporary art and rare automobiles.
Here’s what Jony had to say about his contribution:
EarSkinz by EarSkinz Category: Headphone Accessories Works With: Apple EarPods Price: $10.95
When I opened the mailing box to find three pairs of EarSkinz, I wasn’t super impressed. Especially as this model, the ES2, so closely matched the shape of the EarPods it’s designed for use with, I figured it was just another throwaway product.
My apologies for even writing the above, but imagine my surprise when EarSkinz turned out to be an essential accessory for my set of EarPods. I’m even thinking about buying a pair of ES1s for my older Apple earbuds.
The EarSkinz marketing material claims that the little ES2 silicone earbud coverings will improve the comfort, fit, and sound of a pair of EarPods. I found that they indeed improved the comfort and fit, but I’m not so sure about improving the sound, though of course your mileage may vary.